Psychotherapist Philippa Perry’s guide to resilience in the workplace

Psychotherapist Philippa Perry’s guide to resilience in the workplace

Your strength is not in your resilience, it is in recognizing and owning your vulnerability. We need to be ourselves with other people for most of the time, not just the person we feel we ought to be. If you are in a business environment where everyone seems to be wearing a “game-face” and therefore you feel you must wear yours too, you run the risk of feeling unsupported, isolated and disconnected.

It is stressful doing something that stretches you, that you have not done before, that might not work, but not all stress is bad. Stressing yourself is a way of keeping your brain fit. No stress at all means you are not getting a mental workout. You can, though, have too much of a good thing.

Ongoing, continuous high levels of stress lead to panic and dissociation. Dissociation is a disconnection between our thoughts, sensations, feelings and actions and is experienced as a sort of blanking out. Panic and dissociation can lead to burnout, so what can you do to avoid them?

I believe everyone needs to develop and maintain their inner observer. Noticing what you are feeling when you are super-busy may not be your top priority


Resilience in wake of flooding on Newfoundland‘s west coast

Heavy rain and rapid snowmelt caused by unseasonably warm temperatures caused serious flooding, mudslides, road washouts isolating communities — and millions of dollars of damage.

Repairs started midday Sunday on the washed-out highway to York Harbour and Long Harbour – more than 40 kilometres outside Corner Brook.

“There‘s no way in and no way out,” Lark Harbour Mayor Melanie Joyce told CBC Radio‘s Sunday morning.

Repairs of route 450 at Rattler Brook, connecting York Harbour and Lark Harbour to the rest of the island, began late Sunday morning. (Facebook/York/Lark Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. )

“We did have a situation where Coast Guard had to come in last night to bring in some medication to an individual that ran out,” Joyce said.

With a number of people in the communities relying on travel to and from Corner Brook for dialysis treatment, the mayor said the main concern is repairing the highway and ensuring everyone has the medications they need.

Flooded basements and washed-out side roads are being dealt with.

“They had a lot of people come out, helping out with their own personal tractors and stuff, people getting out with shovels and helping clear culverts and stuff to get the water moving,” said Joyce….


Disaster Resilience Saves Six Times as Much as It Costs

resilience benefits
A new report finds that federal disaster-mitigation grants produce an average of $6 in societal savings for every dollar spent.

In financial terms, 2017 was the worst year for natural disasters in American history, costing the country $306 billion. Scientists agree that hurricanes, floods, and fires are now turbo-charged by climate change, which the president and many top Republican leaders still refuse to acknowledge. But even while the federal government fails to address the root of the problem, there are ways to limit the damage from these increasingly frequent events—in property, and more importantly, in human life.

A new report from the National Institute of Building Sciences finds that for every dollar spent on federal grants aimed at improving disaster resilience, society saves six dollars. This return is higher than previously thought: A 2005 study by NIBS found that each dollar from these grants yielded four dollars in savings…


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